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Waste-To-Value Market Overview

By Nick Setaro | Environment, Library, Waste Management/ Recycling

Purchase the full report here.   Executive Summary “Investing in Waste-to-Value” examines new approaches to managing the increasing amount of waste produced globally. Over 2 billion tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) are produced annually, which is projected to increase to 3.75 billion tons by 2050. The amount of waste…

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High-Growth Investing in Alternative Proteins

By Ines Ajimi & Jaishree Singh | Agriculture, Blog, Environment

From growing fodder to cow husbandry, animal agriculture is one of the most polluting sectors of our economy, contributing over 47% of the total greenhouse gas produced by American’s food consumption. It is also a mature industry. Over the past few years, “alternative proteins” have emerged as a high-growth, low-carbon…

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U.S. Wind Market Overview

By Nick Setaro | Environment, Library

Purchase the full report here.   Executive Summary The image of wind turbines spinning across an amber Midwestern landscape has come to represent sustainable development throughout the United States. This pleasant visual only begins to scratch the surface of the opportunity wind presents to investors. The scope and scale of…

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U.S. Solar Market Overview

By Ladeene Freimuth, Jay Shin and Abby Degenhart | Environment, Library

Purchase the full report here. The solar energy industry has innovated and scaled up rapidly in recent years, making it an attractive opportunity for impact investors. But in order to keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius this century, humanity needs greater capital flow to meet the gap…

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Sustainable Food Systems Market Overview

By Abby Degenhart | Agriculture, Environment, General Impact Investing, Library, US Sustainable Agriculture

Purchase the full report here To meet the needs of a growing global population, food production will need to increase by 70 percent by 2050. Yet current methods of food production, distribution and consumption are unsustainable. The food system accounts for almost one-third of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, 50 percent…

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Conservation Finance Market Overview

By Abby Degenhart and Micah Effron | Conservation Finance, Environment, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Library

We are consuming natural resources, which seemed nearly infinite mere decades ago, at a pace that Earth cannot sustain. The degradation of Earth’s ecosystems and the air, soil, water, and natural habitats we depend on, along with the looming threat of climate change, urgently needs to be addressed to protect…

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How Investors Can (and Can’t) Create Social Value

By Paul Brest, Ronald Gilson, & Mark Wolfson | Economic Development, Education, Environment, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Library, Uncategorized

The vast majority of investors throughout the world have a single goal: to earn the highest financial return. These socially-neutral investors only want to maximize their risk-adjusted returns and would not accept a lower financial return from a socially beneficial investment. An increasing number of socially-motivated investors have other goals…

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Putting the ‘S’ in ESG: Measuring Human Rights Performance for Investors

By Casey O’Connor and Sarah Labowitz | Economic Development, Education, Environment, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Library, Uncategorized

Until recently, sustainable investing was a niche in the broader financial landscape. But today, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors are increasingly important to mainstream investors. Large financial firms like Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, and Goldman Sachs are expanding their ESG product and service offerings. Going forward, women and millennials are…

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Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in Impact Investing

By Gray, Ashburn, et al. | Economic Development, Education, Environment, General Impact Investing, Impact Investing, Library, Uncategorized

Given the pressure to find liquidity, GPs may face tradeoffs between maximizing financial returns and ensuring the preservation of portfolio companies’ missions, and therefore, many wonder if GPs will sacrifice mission in exchange for financial returns. Read the full report here

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